Italy fails to qual­ify for FIFA World Cup

The New Indian Express - - FRONT PAGE -

Mi­lan: Four-time world cham­pi­ons Italy suf­fered the ig­nominy of not qual­i­fy­ing for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years on Mon­day. Need­ing a win against Swe­den in the sec­ond leg, the Az­zur­ris huffed and puffed but only drew 0-0. Their op­po­nents, through a de­flected goal from Jakob Jo­hans­son, had won the first leg 1-0 in Stock­holm last week. It meant that Gian­luigi Buf­fon, one of the coun­try’s great­est play­ers, an­nounced his in­ter­na­tional re­tire­ment.

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